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A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
How Do You Respond to Those "Game Changer" Moments?
By Angie Patrick
If you were around when JFK was shot, no doubt you can share exactly where you were at that moment in time. In the sudden loss of a bright leader, poised to change the face of a nation, you felt the loss when he was taken from us too soon.Perhaps you were of the Elvis era, the same holds true; a powerful and influential person was lost and you felt emotion for someone you did not personally know. Consider the Twin Towers, and how it will forever be etched in the minds of every living soul within earshot of a television or radio. The symbol for U.S. trade and American freedom, these images will remain emblazoned in our memories as being pivotal times that changed who we were, who we thought we were, and helped shaped who we were to become.
I call these moments "Game Changers." And while the examples above are truly bigger than life, and experiences shared my millions, "Game Changers" happen every day on a far smaller scale. An event may be singular, impacting and influencing only you, or it may happen to an affiliated group of people sharing a commonality, be it religious, philosophical, personal or professional. And when these game changers occur, you will never forget where you were and how you felt when they happened.
I recently decided to posit a question on Facebook, and asked my friends to share with me their "Game Changer" moment. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you it was certainly not what I received. In the responses, the emotions ran the gamut from elation and adoration to apathy and abhorrence. The bare honesty behind the words was what struck me most. People unabashedly shared some of their most private and life altering moments in a somewhat public forum without hesitation. Moments that changed their definitions of themselves and the world they live in forever and in an instant moved them to be different. The stories were remarkable, and I invite you to my page to share in them.
As a community, what will our "Game Changer" be? What will it take to mobilize us, the integrative health care providers who have been sidelined by society and the medical profession? In a world where a cessation of a symptom as a direct result of medication equates to cure, despite the many unsavory side effects the medication has in its carry-on luggage, I really do not mind being considered the alternative to this. However, I must say, I much prefer to be considered a naturalized health care provider. To me, this moniker speaks to the body's natural affinity and ability to help cure itself when provided the proper nutrition, activity, rest and care.
It is no secret health care costs are on the rise. Ideas about health care reforms sit to the left and to the right of the aisle. Even if you are fortunate enough to have coverage and are insured, your out of pocket annually can exceed tens of thousands of dollars for a family of four, and the average cost for a doctor's visit exceeds $150.00. This expense and time-suck sitting in a waiting room for hours to be given approximately three to four actual minutes of conversation discussing your symptoms and how they can be relieved, and then feeling a false sense of wellness as you are receiving your prescription for a drug to help stop that nagging sensation of your body trying to tell you of a larger issue is at a cost we do not even fully realize as yet.
What has to happen before society experiences the game changer and awakens to the notion that drugs to mask an issue and the litany of even more potentially dangerous side effects are not always the answer. I heard someone recently refer to mainstream medicine as "sick care" and what the alternative health care providers do is provide "well care." For me, this was a game changer call, because it rang true with me. And I made changes then and there to create my own path to "well care."
I know my family needs health insurance. Many of you know my circumstance and understand why it is crucial to my family. Medicine does have its miraculous outcomes and my family is the beneficiary of some of these breakthroughs. However, as thankful as I am for these, I can also see where in my own personal health care, medicating the symptom rather than treating the disease has cost me precious time, health and peace of mind. I think this message is one many families across the U.S. can identify with and internalize as speaking to their circumstance as well.
As with everything, there must be balance. There must be integration of health care to not only preserve, but create health. There needs to be a broader understanding that a pill does not cure everything and occasionally, the cost for masking a symptom costs far more than you can imagine. We have to do our part to maintain this miraculous machine we are given to drive and its upkeep is our responsibility. I have been guilty of failing mine, and I have made myself and my family a pledge to better preserve my health by listening to the symptoms and work to find the root cause; not pop a pill and go about my day thinking I am now well, albeit a bit less sharp than I was before.
This is my game changer moment as it pertains to my personal physical being, as well as my career within the health and wellness field. I do not advocate the immediate cessation of all drugs and medicine as we know it. That is not only ludicrous, it is ill advised. What I am advocating is a balance and a broader introduction in mainstream society to the benefits of well care in the forms of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, exercise, diet, movement and adequate rest. If we can find the balance, the place where taking the time and making the investment to preserve your health rather than wait until it leaves you to take action, we can begin to take back control of our lives, our health care costs, our longevity and our vitality.
I am not proposing any political bandwagon, nor am I advocating any public demonstrations. I don't want to Occupy Wall Street, or any other momentary flash in the pan action that had its fifteen minutes of fame. What I envision is greater than that. It is a change of public perspective, and a bit of a crusade. Sharing the benefits of what you do with every person you meet is a place to start. Study the research as it pertains to your work and educate your clients with the outcomes. Tell them why you are doing what you are doing and how it can facilitate positive change within their body. Give them reference points during your care that you can look back upon and see a clear path of improvement. Refer your clients to other facets of the well care gem and encourage them to try adjunct therapies that may enhance your own. Introduce them to the idea of well care, and suggest they share it with their friends. The end game is that of a healthier society, fewer pharma megaliths, a greater awareness and responsibility for our own bodies, and a balance and understanding between the needs for well care and sick care.
It is a swell of understanding that can be a game changer for many, one person at a time.
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